WHO analysis backs quality of deliveries by nurses

11/1/2013 | NBC News

Midwives, nurse practitioners and other nonphysician practitioners may provide care equal to that of physicians, according to experts from the World Health Organization who analyzed data from 53 studies. Researchers point to examples in OB care, where nurse-midwives or midwives used fewer drugs for patients when delivering babies, were less likely to use an episiotomy, and were no more likely than a physician to induce labor, use delivery instruments or oversee a delivery that resulted in cesarean section.

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